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Bamba

Bamba

Headquarters in Mineola, Texas, USA

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Number of tours
647
Age Range
10-99
Number of reviews
1,125
Rating
4.3/5
Response rate
92%
Response time
3 hours

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  • IP
    Written on July 5th, 2022
    A lot to see, felt safe, tour guide was professional, punctual and the tours captured the key points of interest. Hotels were great, but would have liked a few…
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  • K
    My experience with tour radar and Bamba was horrible. Poor communication and lied to us to get out of paying us a refund. I will never use this company again. I…
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    Bamba commented on this review
    Kirsten, I am sorry about the situation, but we were unable to give you a refund as you didn't show up for the experience. We had already organized and paid for the lodge experience in Puerto Maldonado and there are no refunds when you don't show up for the trip. Please review the normal terms and conditions of the product, and most travel products around the world have the same policies.
  • EB
    Written on June 27th, 2022
    I have wanted to do a Costa Rican adventure since college but life got in the way. This companiy and it’s vendors took away the worry and allowed me to have an …
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  • Banos Adventure 5D/4N reviewer 4
    Written on June 23rd, 2022
    Having an itinerary with the ability to be flexible with event times was a welcomed first! Bamba was very immediate with their responses with we had questions …
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  • FG
    Written on May 25th, 2022
    First of all, it took Tour Radar 7 days to reply to my questions. The first 2 days of the tour were OK. On the third night, at the “lodge”, i slept on the worst…
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  • CA
    Written on May 22nd, 2022
    Good tour bookings, decent hostel selection, some errors with transportation
  • TR
    Written on May 15th, 2022
    It was a great trip overall for seeing the country before arriving in Cusco. Colca Canyon is a demanding hike, which was exactly what I wanted. A few things had…
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  • JB
    I recently took the “Canyons of the West 3days/2nights tour” and am hoping to contact someone at Tour Radar for a partial refund it was so bad. I doubt this r…
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  • C
    Written on April 23rd, 2022
    Fun trip to Antigua, Guatemala and Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and best of all Tikal! Expert guides made the trip most memorable!
  • Mexico Highlights (from Mexico City) Express Travel Pass reviewer 10
    Everything worked perfectly exept the app. Everything connected to bamba never turned up in the app. Especially the final trip and I always had the problem that…
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About Bamba

The beginning... bamba started operating with a hop-on hop-off bus service. After trial and error, bamba realised that travellers were very interested in not only being around other backpackers and meeting them, but they also wanted to have the opportunity to travel in local transportation, and have many more interactions with local people. For this reason, bamba decided to create a new way of travelling, called the Flexible Travel Pass. Travellers still have the same flexibility to stay as long as they want in each destination, and create their own itinerary; while at the same time travelling not only in shuttle vans with other backpackers, but also with a mix of local transportation such as Public Buses, Boats, Trains and sometimes flights. The idea behind this is to make sure travellers have the opportunity to travel in exactly the same way as if they were travelling on their own, but much easier and with the reassurance that they make the most out of their travel experience. Today, bamba has grown in size from Paul and Arturo’s original vision to include buses, experiences, guides and support staff in more than 80 countries worldwide! What bamba is today... bamba is the one stop solution for independent travellers in Latin America and around the world. bamba’s purpose is to make independent travel very easy. We help travellers by giving them the opportunity to create their own schedules, choose the route they want to follow and let them stay for as long as they want in each destination. bamba’s objective is to remove language barriers and the bureaucracy of developing countries by acting as an office where travellers can easily contact us, speak in English, make bus bookings, changes to their bus trips, get information on bus schedules, departure points, book day and multi-day trips easily and get information about each destination. We are like a living guidebook, and respond to the real time necessities of the clients. With our help, travellers will spend more time travelling, and less time arranging and figuring out their trip. We are expert world travellers, and we love what we do!

Highlights

Support at every step
Many options for Independent Travellers
Unforgettable Experiences
Tailor your dream trip

The Bamba Experience Travel Styles

Self-Guided Adventures
There’s no tour leader to follow around on these adventures, only local guides for each included activity. You will travel independently on a fixed itinerary with prebooked public transportation, activities and accommodation. Take advantage of some free time to go explore at your own pace. Choose to stay overnight in hostels, 3-star, or 4-star hotels.

Small Group Adventure:
These small group adventures include great local guides, all of your transportation, accommodation, and some meals. They give you the chance to move around more easily, step off the beaten path, and immerse yourself in the local culture. You’ll usually share your trip with no more than 12 like-minded travellers, though the average group size is often lower.

Hop-on Hop-off Passes
Travellers looking for a flexible way to travel, with no fixed schedules, can choose from our many open-dated Hop-On Hop-Off Passes all around the world. These passes include all public transportation and handpicked experiences along a set route of your choice with flexible schedules. All you have to do is decide on the route that suits you best, depending on where you want to go and how much time you want to travel!

Covid-19 Hygiene and Safety Measures

What measures will be taken?

Our Local Team takes the best measures to ensure the safety of both you and staff members. They are constantly up to date with the latest government recommendations.


Based on that, the following precautions have been implemented on the tours:

  • All the facilities including hotels and transportation have been sanitized thoroughly.
  • Shared spaces and facilities will be sanitized frequently.
  • All workers will have their temperature taken before their working shifts.
  • All workers are required to wear face masks.


NOTE: We recommend, as well, that you wear a face mask to protect each other. (Use of face masks might be obligatory in some areas or tours.)  Upon arrival at the hotels or tours, you will have your temperature taken by the staff and your belongings might also be sanitized before entering the hotel.  You will have to keep your distance from other travelers or staff from the hotels or tours.

Sustainability

Bamba for Good is our initiative to give back to the local communities in which we work and travel. It is an essential part of our company culture and core values. bamba proudly supports the following organizations by participating in volunteer programs and donating a percentage of our total profits to the following organizations.

One Tree Planted (Planing Trees) Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (Different projects around the world) Futbol for Kids (Volunteer Projects to give soccer balls to all the kids in the communities and host soccer clinics)

To protect the wildlife in the world Bamba has taken a pledge with World Animal Protection to not sell or promote any venue, activity or show involving elephant riding or any wild animals. Instead, we are pledging to offer activities with a high standard of animal conservation and welfare with responsible viewing of animals in their natural habitat. We are associated with the below:
World Animal Protection
See the Wild
Too Rare to Wear

We are working towards becoming a B Corporation

These are the initiatives that this operator has in place to make your adventure more sustainable:

Sustainability Programs
- Invests a percentage of revenue back into community projects or sustainability projects 
- We host community-building or sustainability projects for tour goers to partake in

Reducing Carbon Emissions
- Offers carbon offsetting solutions to our passengers
- Has a program in place and are working towards becoming fully carbon neutral

Supporting Destinations and Local Communities
- Hires local guides
- Brings our passengers to locally run restaurants & businesses
- We consciously try to reduce over-tourism by taking travellers outside of the main visitor hubs

Reducing Waste
- Does not offer any single use plastic on tour

Animal Welfare
- Does not offer any tours that include elephant riding
- Does not offer any tours that use animals for entertainment
- We avoid places that sell/eat parts of endangered animals on tour

Transportation
- Uses local transportation while on tour

Accommodation
- Tours stay in locally run hotels/accommodations
- Selects accommodation providers that have sustainability programs in place
- Most/all of our suppliers have sustainability programs in place

Company Culture
- Hosts community-building or sustainability projects for staff to partake in
- Educates people about sustainability through our marketing
- We are a paper free company
 
 

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Questions & Answers

  • Is accommodation included in the Hop-on Hop-off passes?

    For Hop-On Hop-Off Passes, accommodation is not included because we want to give travellers the flexibility to stay as long as they wish in each destination. Bamba provides you with a list of recommended accommodation in each destination so you can choose where to stay.
  • What transportation is included in the Hop-on Hop Off pass?

    Depending on the route or activity, you may be travelling by bus, boat, train, airplane, shuttle van, bicycle, canoe or even on foot… (you get the idea). On the trip of a lifetime, you may find yourself sitting next to a local on a public bus or riding in an air-con shuttle, bumping along in a motorised canoe or going by foot… the possibilities are endless! Whatever the mode of transportation, getting from one point to the next will surely be a memorable experience.
  • What is a bus tour adventure?

    Bus tours offer a cheap way to visit touristic sites. You will usually be travelling with a large group by bus, on a fixed schedule. Most of these tours only include bus transportation and accommodation, entrance fees and activities must be paid locally. These are independent tours accompanied by a tour coordinator who will organise the tour but not guide you.
  • What to expect on a small group adventure?

    These small group adventures include great local guides, all of your transportation, accommodation, and some meals. They give you the chance to move around more easily, step off the beaten path, and immerse yourself in the local culture. You’ll usually share your trip with no more than 12 like-minded travellers, though the average group size is often lower.
  • What is a self guided Adventure?

    There’s no tour leader to follow around on these adventures, only local guides for each included activity. You will travel independently on a fixed itinerary with prebooked public transportation, activities and accommodation. Take advantage of some free time to go explore at your own pace. Choose to stay overnight in hostels, 3-star, or 4-star hotels.
  • Is accommodation included in Hop-on Hop-off passes?

    For Hop-On Hop-Off Passes, accommodation is not included because we want to give travellers the flexibility to stay as long as they wish in each destination. Bamba provides you with a list of recommended accommodation in each destination so you can choose where to stay.
  • What is a Hop-on Hop Off Pass?

    Travellers looking for a flexible way to travel, with no fixed schedules, can choose from our many open-dated Hop-On Hop-Off Passes all around the world. These passes include all public transportation and handpicked experiences along a set route of your choice with flexible schedules. All you have to do is decide on the route that suits you best, depending on where you want to go and how much time you want to travel! Choose from our many options or create your own tailor-made pass!
  • What are the Bamba Adventure Trips?

    Travellers looking for a structured itinerary, with accommodation included, and a fixed trip length, can choose from our many Adventure Trips all around the world. Adventure Trips are organised trips with set itineraries which can be combined with any other Bamba trip or booked independently.
  • Who will I be travelling with?

    Most of our trips cater to the adventurous independent traveller. In fact, many of our travellers arrive on their own and they quickly find that they easily meet like-minded people along the way at their hostels, on transportation, or during activities. Regarding transportation, depending on the route, you might find yourself travelling on a public bus side by side with locals while at other times, you’ll take a tourist shuttle.
  • Do I need a visa?

    Bamba recommends that you check the visa requirements at the appropriate embassies for your nationality at least 2-3 months in advance so you will have time to prepare your documents. Remember to make sure you have a valid passport with at least 2 empty visa pages and a minimum 6-months validity before travelling.
  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Bamba Experience does not include travel insurance of any type. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip especially when travelling in developing countries and discourage passengers to travel without travel insurance. Your current medical insurance may cover part of your trip so it is important for you to become familiar with your current coverage. We recommend purchasing additional travel insurance that provides coverage for medical emergencies, emergency evacuation and repatriation, lost or stolen items and unforeseen cancellations. If you plan to participate in activities such as white-water rafting, trekking, sand-buggy rides, etc… please make sure they are included on the policy.
  • What is the age limit?

    Most of our Bamba travellers fall between the ages of 18 - 35, but everyone is young at heart and welcome to come experience the world with us! If you are between the ages of 18 and 118, we invite you to travel with Bamba Experience and have the time of your life! Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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Our team of experienced tour specialists have travelled to hundreds of countries around the globe and have decades of first-hand travel experience to share. Contact us now to have all of your tour-related questions answered!